Luxury travel's top hotel, bar, spa


Luxury travel's top hotel, bar, spa

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This 115-room Ritz-Carlton Caribbean retreat won Best Achievement in Design

With lessons in horse riding, fishing and falconry, this Scottish Highlands luxury hotel won Best Family Program.

With its skyline view and elegant onyx interior, Armani's modern Bamboo Bar took the top honors in the Best Bar category.

Kanha National Park, where this jungle safari lounge is located, was on CNN Travel's list for best places to spot tigers in India. Banjaar Tola was picked as having the Most Innovative Guest Experience out of the 983 hotels in Virtuoso's luxury hotel portfolio.

Hotelier of the Year Francois Delahaye brings his 20 years of industry experience to the elegant century-old Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris.

The Parisian chef Stephanie Le Quellec designed the simple seasonal menu at Restaurant La Scene in Paris, which won Best Culinary Experience this year.

The Savoy, this year's Sustainable Tourism Leadership winner, did away with plastics and Styrofoams and is making energy from food waste.

This 377-room new St. Regis resort was one of CNN Travel's "Hottest new hotels for 2013" and named One to Watch by Virtuoso.

Installed within six cabins like this one, Spa Mukul offers a variety of soothing experiences and relaxation spaces.

Here's a nice birthday present: this iconic Hong Kong hotel, which turned 50 this year, won Hotel of the Year. "It is an acknowledgment that we hold high," said General Manager Jonas A Schuermann about the award.

Luxury travel network hold Vegas get-together
Members generate approximately $9.6 billion in luxury travel sales annually
Best bar, best spa and hotel of year announced

(CNN) -- It was a frenetic week in Vegas for members of the luxury-travel industry.
Virtuoso, the self-proclaimed "leading luxury travel network," hosted its annual travel conference at the Bellagio last week.
Virtuoso's members reportedly generate around $9.6 billion in luxury travel sales each year.
More than 4,200 industry members from 90 countries were in town for this year's speeches, luncheons and the luxury travel industry's equivalent of speed dating (four-minute meetings), with the aim of closing extravagant bookings.

Mukul Beach won the Best Spa award.

Just how extravagant?
A three-night, $450,000 wedding at Mexican luxury resort Rosewood Mayakoba closed within four minutes for VIP travel agent Jack Ezon, who told Las Vegas Review-Journal that Virtuoso Travel Week was "the most important week of the year" for his company.
Read: Hottest new hotels for 2013
The network also announced its annual Best of the Best Hotel Awards, which honors 10 winners from the network's portfolio of 983 luxury properties around the world.
The winning hotels were picked by editors of Virtuoso Life, the network's travel magazine, based on feedback from its reported 200,000 readers. Take a look at their choices below:
Have you stayed at these hotels? Do you agree with the selections? Let us know in the comments
Best of the Best Hotel Awards - winners
Best Achievement in Design: Dorado Beach, Dorado, Puerto Rico
Best Culinary Experience: La Scene, Prince de Galles, Paris
Best Bar: The Armani/Bamboo Bar, Armani Hotel Milano, Milan
Best Family Program: The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
Best Spa: Spa Mukul, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa -- Tola, Nicaragua
Most Innovative Guest Experience: Banjaar Tola by Taj Safaris -- Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Sustainable Tourism Leadership - Hotel: The Savoy, London
One to Watch: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hotelier of the Year: Francois Delahaye, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
Hotel of the Year: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong
Read: Which luxury hotel brand is the world's most popular?

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